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Ross: We Were Excellent

Jack Ross was delighted with his side’s performance as they came from behind to beat St Johnstone.

The win ended our five-game losing streak in the cinch Premiership and was our first win away from home since the opening day of the season.

Despite such a positive showing at the McDiarmid Park, the Hibees had to show real character to persist with setbacks and to come from behind.

After the game, our manager told Hibs TV how pleased he was with his side’s level of performance.

“I thought we were excellent today. Coming into this game on the back of our run it would’ve been easy for the players to be low on confidence, but I think the manner of the performance in the first half was really good.

“Obviously, the disappointing thing was the goal we conceded because we’d been really dominant and were frustrated not to be ahead.

“In the second half we had momentum with the extra man, but you’ve got to take advantage of it. I think our away performance was terrific both prior to making the changes and thereafter. The players that came on gave us that extra attacking impetus and quality.

“Both goals we scored were outstanding and the amount of chances we created in that period were really, really good.

“I’m delighted with the players and delighted with the supporters as well because they stuck with us through a difficult period, so I’m glad they can enjoy their weekend.”

Prior to this game, Ross spoke a lot about his players believing in what they are doing, and they showed that on the pitch this afternoon.

“We spoke about having a trust and faith in what we do, and I know people will say ‘why should you have that after you’ve lost these league games’, but the mood around the players, and what they’ve delivered by and large has been good.

“They do believe in it, but they have to show that on the pitch; that’s the hardest part. They did that today and the second half was the clearest example of it.

“We looked like a good team in that period, a team that took full advantage of the extra man, that was patient, but one that had an impetus going forward.

“Except for, maybe, a five-minute spell in the second half where we looked edgy, I thought we were excellent, and I think it would’ve been a travesty if we hadn’t won that game today.”

Jamie Murphy came off the bench to grab a goal and an assist, and his winner was set up by fellow substitute Scott Allan. Ross explained why he was so pleased with the impact from his bench.

“Scott, Jamie and James are really good players and in the final third they have that quality. When we have so much of the ball you look to those players, and they absolutely delivered.

“I’m pleased for them all. James to get back on the pitch, Jamie to get on the scoresheet and Scotty will always contributed when he’s earned the opportunity.

“The impact they had is testament to their professionalism, their faith in us as staff, and how we build the culture at the club.

“There’s big smiles in the dressing room from the starters and the subs.”